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Community News for Sheffield & Ashley Falls, MA SECOND GENERATION Vol. XI, Issue VI July/August 20 1 2 


The Sheffield 

Friendly Union will 

celebrate Dewey 

Memorial Hall's 125 th 

anniversary on Sept. 

8 with a gala concert 

featuring Kip Beacco 

and the Lucky Five. 

The anniversary party, 

which begins at 8pm, 

is part of Sheffield in 

Celebration. It also 

kicks off the hall's 2012-2013 concert 

Dewey Memorial Hall 

Sheffield Friendly 
Union, the steward 
of the historic venue. 

Kip Beacco and 
his band will perform 
"heavy-duty, old- 
school, hard-swingin 
jazz." The group's 
members, who come 
from the Berkshires 
and New York City, 
bring verve, high 
energy, and an unpredictable impulse 

season and will provide an opportunity to the tradition of jazz from the 1920s, 
for community-spirited people to join the '30s and '40s. Jean Emberlin, a Sheffield 

Friendly Union board member, says, 
"Bring your dancing shoes" 

Dewey Hall's folk concert series 
finished its fifth season on June 30 with 
a multi-artist show. The series, which 
features both regional favorites and artists 
with national followings, starts up again 
with performances by Robert Oakes on 
Oct. 6, David Reed on Nov. 3, and Rak- 
ish Paddy on Dec. 1. The folk concerts 
are usually held the first Saturday of each 
month, except in the summer. 

During July and August, the Housa- 

tonic Valley Art League uses the hall to 

Continued on page 3 


Sheffield Police Chief James McGarry will 
retire at the end of July. He has been chief 
of the Sheffield Police Dept. since 1971. 
"It has been a pleasure to have had 
Jim McGarry as Chief for so many years 
and to have the opportunity to work 
with him for the past couple of years," 
said David A. Smith, Jr., chairman of the 
Sheffield Board of Selectmen. "Though 
he's leaving a large set of shoes to fill, he 
has left us with a competent department, 
and we are confident that we will find an 
adequate replacement. We wish him the 


The Board of Selectmen invite every- 
one to a party to honor Chief McGarry 
on Sun.July 29, from 2 to 4pm at the 
Town Park on Frederick Lane. 

best with his retirement." 

The Town is accepting 
applications for Acting Chief 
and Officer in Charge until 
July 15. The Board of Select- 
men will then make a decision. 

McGarry, 66, started 
out as a patrolman in 1967 
working for Santi Gulotta, 
who was Selectman, Police 
Chief and owner of two gas 
stations in town. McGarry also worked 
at those gas stations. (Santi is father 
of Tony and Edward Gulotta, owners 
of the Mobil station, the one station 
that remains.) In those days, the police 
department was tucked into a room in 
Town Hall, and Gulotta used his own 
vehicle as the town's police car. 

Chief Jim McGarry 

Selectmen and a life-long 
resident of the town, says 
McGarry is the only police 
chief she remembers. "He 
utilized a community polic- 
ing approach to law enforce- 
ment long before commu- 
nity policing was so named," 
she noted. "He's guided 
many young people back to 
a straighter path with his 
firm, but compassionate approach." 

Rene Wood, another Selectman, 
echoed her colleague's sentiments. "Jim's 
firm but compassionate leadership has 
reflected Sheffield's values," she said. "I've 
heard many stories of lives turned around 
by one of his one-on-one conversations." 
She added that she will miss the Chief 

Continued on page 3 

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In this issue 


Farmers' Market 


Organizations & Businesses 

Dry Brook 


Mt. Everett Environthon 


Water tank, Construct, Scouts 


Stookey award 


Library News 


Cobble news 


Choral Festival 


Senior Center News 


Kiwanis, Berkshire Mt. Distillers 


American Legion, Music & More 


Village Green 

Historical Society 




Board of Selectmen minutes, vacancies 


Land Trust 


Sheffield Fair.Antiques Show 


Town Clerk, Comm. on Disabilities 


Fire log 


Sunset Rock Trail 



Conservation Commission, 



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A summer's view of Dry Brook 

Kelsey Rd. in southwestern Sheffield is a good spot from which to appreciate the long north- 
south valley carved in limestone bedrock by the Pleistocene glaciers. The valley is covered 
by a rare kind of calcareous wetlands, known to be the finest of their kind in southern New 
England. These wetlands support abundant wildlife, including many rare and endangered 
plants and animals. In 1990 the watershed area was designated as an Area of Critical 
Environmental Concern by the Commonwealth. The following year a much larger area, 
including the forested mountains, was declared by The Nature Conservancy as one of its 
"Last Great Places." — Nancy Smith 



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Each year, Chorus America, one of the 
largest national service organizations 
for choral music in North America, rec- 
ognizes achievements in choral music. 
Ten awards were presented at the 
Chorus America Conference on June 
15 in Minneapolis, including the 2012 
Distinguished Service Award given to 
Sheffield resident John Hoyt Stookey. 

The awards dinner was hosted by 
Anton Armstrong, conductor of the 
St. Olaf Choir and board member 
of Chorus America. A three-minute 
video overview of John's work was 
shown (search for "John Hoyt Stookey" 
on YouTube). 

John founded the Berkshire Choral 
Festival in Sheffield 31 years ago. Grow- 
ing from a handful of concerts put on 
by some 80 singers that first year, the 
Festival now brings over 1,000 choristers 
from the U.S. and abroad to rehearse 
and perform the great choral- orchestral 

Trudy Weaver Miller and Anton Armstrong with 
John Hoyt Stookey as he receives the award. 

Santa Fe, NM; Salzburg, Austria; Can- 
terbury, England; Spoleto, Italy; Vancou- 
ver, BC, Prague, Czech Republic; and this 
year in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Festival 
is proud to claim over 6,000 alumni. 

The Festival also offers a competitive 
apprentice program for professional- 
track, post-graduate school singers and 
conductors. Former apprentices can now 

masterpieces at Berkshire School, accom- be heard on some of the major stages of 
panied by the Springfield Symphony. It the world, including the Chicago Lyric 
has also performed at satellite venues in Opera and the Berlin Staatsoper, as well 

DEWEY HALL, from page / 

show works by local artists, as it has been 
doing for many years. During the rest of 
the year, the hall is also used for other 
cultural activities — the Berkshire Chil- 
dren's Chorus rehearsals, dance recitals 
and concerts. The hall is also available for 
weddings, bar mitzvahs and other events. 

The 100 th anniversary of Dewey 
Memorial Hall in 1987 served as an 

occasion to remember 
the contributions of the 
Unitarian minister and 
author Orville Dewey 
to Sheffield. Following 
a parade led by bagpip- 
ers, William P. Clark, 
then president of the 
Sheffield Friendly 
Union, historian C. Mason Dutcher and 
representatives of the Unitarian Church all 
delivered remarks. After a "picnic supper" 
in the hall, local performers sang 19th 
century songs by Stephen Foster and oth- 
ers, including one written for the Friendly 
Union in 1871 by Dewey's daughter Mary. 
Orville Dewey was born in Shef- 

Orville Dewey 

field in 1794 and graduated from 
Williams College in Williamstown. 
Rebelling against the Calvinistic heri- 
tage of his family, he became an early 
leader of the Unitarian Church and 
preached in Boston, New Bedford and 
New York. After retiring to Sheffield 
in 1862, he devoted himself to com- 
munity projects and received visits at 
his home from celebrities such as Wil- 
liam Cullen Bryant, Oliver Wendell 
Holmes, Nathaniel Hawthorne and 
Ralph Waldo Emerson. 

During these years, Dewey founded 
the Sheffield Friendly Union Library 
Association. Its stated purpose was to 
"increase good and kindly feelings and to 
promote intelligence and cheerfulness." 
Lectures, games, and parlor amusements 
entertained those who attended the 
Association's monthly meetings. 

After Dewey died in 1882, his 
friends raised money to build a hail in 
his memory to house the Friendly Union 
Association. Dewey Memorial Hall was 
dedicated in 1887. — Ken Terry 

as found teaching at major colleges and 
universities around the country. Several 
now serve as Festival faculty. 

The Berkshire Choral Festival also 
has an undergraduate level program, the 
Berkshire Scholar Program. Each year, 
20 college-aged students attend a singing 
week on full scholarship. Berkshire Schol- 
ars typically come from US. colleges, 
although several have come from far away, 
sponsored by people from the Berkshires 
with connections in those lands. 

Supporting John's great creativity 
has been the enduring presence of his 
wife, Appy. Whether it was supply- 
ing the Festival with flowers from her 
gardens, setting out audience chairs, or 
cooking innumerous meals for the solo- 
ists and guest conductors, Appy has been 
integral to the success of the Festival. 

Who would have thought that a small 
farming community such as Sheffield 
would produce a music festival for over 
30 years, with concerts featuring masses 
of voices and a full symphony orchestra? 
Bravo, John! — Trudy Weaver Miller 

CHIEF, from page 1 

and hopes he'll find new ways to continue 
contributing to the town. 

Under McGarry s leadership, the 
Police Dept. moved into the former 
Sheffield Library, on the corner of Route 
7 and Berkshire School Rd., as part of 
the "three building" renovation project 
completed in 1996. The department now 
has five full-time officers in addition to a 
dozen part-timers. 

McGarry worked one year past the 
mandatory retirement age thanks to spe- 
cial legislation that allowed him to stay. 
He is the longest-serving police chief in 
Massachusetts, well known statewide 
as an emergency management trainer. 
McGarry has also secured numerous 
grants to support community policing 
and emergency management needs of 
the town. 

"I am glad that I had the oppor- 
tunity to get to know and work with 
Chief McGarry," said Town Adminis- 
trator Rhonda LaBombard."He has 
been a great asset to the town and will 
be greatly missed." — Andrea Scott 

Community News 


mination camps. A propaganda film show- 
ing happy village life was also filmed there. 

Although the Requiem bolstered the 
spirits of singers and listeners at Terezin, 
most were doomed. Of the 140,000 people 
brought through the camp, nearly 100,000 
did not survive. A few weeks after the fi- 
nal performance of the Requiem, Schachter 
himself was loaded into a cattle car with 
1,000 others and sent to Auschwitz. 

The story of Rafael Schachter inspired 
American conductor Murry Sidlin (New 
Haven Symphony, Aspen Music Festival, Na- 
tional Symphony Orchestra) to research and 
create the brilliant multi-media concert dra- 

The Berkshire Choral Festival will present an historically signif- 
icant program during its 2012 season at Berkshire School — the 
so-called Defiant Requiem, Verdi's Requiem filtered through the 
experience of a concentration camp called Terezin. 

The village of Terezin (or Theresienstadt) had been rebuilt 
and touted by Hitler as a "city for the Jews," to protect them dur- 
ing the war. Located one hour outside of Prague, Czechoslovakia 
(now the Czech Republic), it held a disproportionate number of 
artists, writers, musicians and intellectuals because of its proximi- 
ty to the sophisticated city. 

One of the prisoners was Rafael Schachter, a Bucharest-born 
conductor. Knowing the power of music to lift up the spirits of 
the downtrodden, he used his skills to lead singing, to present op- 
eras and, finally, to train more than 150 vocalists to sing Verdi's 
Requiem. The charismatic conductor provided hope by predicting 
that someday the Terezin singers would be performing this music ma, Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin. Pre- 


Annual Summer 
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& raffle. July 21, 
I0am-3pm, First 
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in Prague, in freedom. 

Despite the difficulties of teaching difficult Latin parts by 
rote from a single score, Schachter managed to organize 16 per- 
formances of the Requiem, the first in 1942 and the last in 1944 
when deportations to death camps had reduced his chorus to 
only 60. One of the performances was attended by Adolph Eich- 
mann and officials of the Red Cross, who were being shown a 

miering in 2002, the work tells the story of 
Rafael Schachter and his Terezin choruses. 

Verdi's dramatic music is introduced and 
interspersed with video interviews of survi- 
vor-singers, footage from the Nazi propaganda film and live nar- 
ration. Several of the musical movements begin with an out-of- 
tune piano accompaniment, suggesting the reality of the Ter- 

Rafael Schachter 

Dawn O'Neil's Family Child Care 

cleaned-up version of Terezin to dispel rumors of German exter- ezin performances, then morph into full orchestra, the ideal envi- 
sioned by the original singers. 

The lessons of Terezin are powerful, dramatic and inspi- 
rational with a contemporary message of hope for all who are 
caught up in conflict and who hear this story. The Berkshire Cho- 
ral Festival learned that on the spot on May 17, 2009, when the 
group traveled to Prague and performed the work in the former 
camp as the featured afternoon event of a day-long commemora- 
tive anniversary day of the camp's liberation. 

This year, the Berkshire Choral Festival will present Defiant 
Requiem: Verdi at Terezin on Sat., July 21 at 7:30pm in the Jack- 
man L. Stewart Center at Berkshire School. 

Tickets may be purchased by calling the box office at 229- 
1999; by e-mail at; or online at 



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New roof at the American Legion 

An impressive gang of workers turned out in May to help replace the 
Legion Hall's roof. In this photo: Fred Harwood, Kurt Syer, Charlie 
Flynn, Frank Clarke, Matt Hitchcock, Greg Kenyon and Patrick 
Chamberland. See the box below for a full list of all who made this 
repair possible. 

Music & More gets into full swing in New Marlborough. 
Now in its 21 st year, Music & More hosts actors, musicians, 
writers and other creative artists in performance in a beau- 
tiful New England setting, on the Village Green on Rt. 57. 

Art at the Meeting House Gallery: "Transformation" 
showcases the multi-media work of 30 artists. Opening 
reception 5-7pm,July 20. Through Aug. 1 9. "New Marl- 
borough Artists," including Maria Gay, Abbe Stahl, Brian 
Mikesell, Shawn Fields and Pamela Hardcastle. Opening 
reception 5-7pm,Aug: 24.Through -Sept. 23. 

Literary and music programs take place at the historic 
Meeting house next door. On Aug. 4, "Berkshire Writers 
Free for All: Murder Mystery Writers Contest," a free open 
reading culminating the annual murder mystery writer's 
contest, 4:30pm. Wine reception follows. 

On Aug. 25. "A Celebration of Music, Dance and the 
Spoken Word," featuring a re-imagining of Stravinsky's 
Soldier's Tale. 4:30pm. Tickets online or at the door, $25. 

On Sept. I, "Bach's Musical Offering and Other Music 
From the Court of Frederick the Great," played on period 
instruments. 4:30pm, with a free pre-concert talk at 3:30. 
Tickets online or at the door, $25. 

For more information, visit 
or call 229-2785 for information. Music & More is spon- 
sored by the New Marlborough Village Association; NMVA 
membership provides reduced ticket pricing. For Music & 
More music events, enjoy a 10 percent discount for a post- 
concert dinner atThe Old Inn on the Green next door 
(reservations required). 


Sheffield American Legion Post-340 would like to thank... 

...the people and businesses whose gracious donations, received by 

June 1, 

...and the people and 

financed the renovation our Sheffield American Legion's Post Home roof: 

businesses who volunteered 

time and talents on that 

Dale & Sandra Alden 

Gary Cookson 

Arthur Hyatt 

Andrew & Danielle Pedretti 

Dean Amidon 

Dick Coon Construction 

Brian Hyatt 

Bruce & Mary Philbrick 

bright, sunny, hot May 12 to 

Aquatic Designs 

Constance Cooper 

Hyatt Tree Company 

Ted & Susan Pitman 

removing the old shingles 

Alan Bachetti 

Campo De Fiori 

Robert Jones 

David & Marsha Pottle 

Massimo Bachetti 

Paul Decker 

Greg Kenyon 

Precision Autocraft 

and installing the new ones: 

Fred & Dorothy Bangs 

Henry Driscoll 

Richard & Margery Kirchner 

Sandra Preston Realty 

Carmen Barbatos Inc. 

David & Ellen Emprimo 

Paul Kleinwald Art & Antiques 

Ray's Auto Parts 

Dale Alden 

Ed Barbieri 

Francis English 

Fred & Jane Knapp 

Alfred Richardson 

Mark Bachetti 

Dana & Deborah Barnum 

Scott Erwin 

Ed & Alice Leason 

Sabrina & Joseph Ruggiero 

Karen Chamberland 

Ann Barrett 

Barbara Fletcher 

Richard & Betty LeGeyt 

Gene Salvi 

Patrick Chamberland 

Peter Batacchi — Pete's Service 

Bill & Michelle Fowler 

Brian & Lois Levenson 

Judith Schnurr 

Frank Clarke 

Harold & Maureen Beckwith 

Jack & Sandra French 

John & Anita Macchi 

Ken & Becky Schopp 

DeVries Building Supplies 

J.R. Beham Forest Products 

Warner Friedman 

Bruce Maclnnes 

Carl & Pauline Schumann 

Charles Flynn 

Blanche Bennett 

Tom & Wendy Gailes 

David & Nancy Macy 

Dennis Sears 

Frank Garretson 

Berkshire Bank 

Felipe & Betsy Garcia 

Tom & Audrey Major 

Joe Seward 

Fred Harwood 

Berkshire Products 

Tom Gibbs 

Robert Meyer 

Sheffield Pottery 

Michelle Harwood 

Eric & Cheryl Blackburn 

Richard Goodwin 

Chris Coenen & Amanda 

Jim Shiminski 

IKO Shingles 

John Blume 

Henry Granger 


Bill & Sharien Simpson 

Matt Hitchcock 

Phil Boardman 

Great Barrington Marketplace 

Raymond Murray 

Kurt Syer 

JTC & Sons 

The Bridge Restaurant 

Guido's Fresh Marketplace 

Twiggs Meyers 

Joyce Van Demark 

Cord Kenyon 

Marcia Brolli 

Dennis & Lyn Hankey 

Champ Nagle 

Ward's Nursery 

Greg Kenyon Builders 

Bill, Wendy, & Jeff Browne 

James Herlihy 

Paul & Elizabeth Nardi 

Phyllis Weiss 

George Oleen 

John & Grace Campbell 

Phillip & Sally Herrick, Sr. 

Francis & Kathy Nourse 

David & Barbara West 

Bruce Philbrick 

Carlson Propane 

Samuel & Sally Herrup 

Richard & Loraine Novak 

West Farm Equipment 

Sheffield Plastics/Bayer Material Science 

Elizabeth Chapin 

Matt Hitchcock 

John & Elizabeth O'Donnell 

Joe Wilkinson Excavating 

Steve Shmulsky Contracting 

Eileen & Frank Clarke 

Thomas Hitchcock 

Olde Yankee Street Rods 

Barry & Martha Williamson 

David Stetson Roofing 

James Collingwood, Sr. 

Ed & Caitlin Hotaling 

Walter & Gail Orenstein 

Thomas Young III 

Kurt Syer 

Sarah Cook 

John & Joan Hotaling 

PAC Realty- Maria Ghi 

Robert Zimboski 

Owen Wright — Mill River Builders 

Howden Farm 

Brian Palmer— Berkshire GMC 


Community News 


"Oh! Look out! What's that in the road?" exclaimed Michelle as 
we rounded a sharp curve on Bow Wow Rd. I swerved around 
a small gray ball of fuzz before coming to a quick stop at road 
edge. I got out of the car and waved for a following car to stop. 
Then we all gathered around a fuzzy barred owlet sitting stoi- 
cally on the pavement, its eyes and head slowly following our 
careful movements. 

Grabbing the camera, I started snapping away. I wondered 
out loud, "Where did it come from? Its nest hole should be 

nearby." Just then, its momma flew 
across the road from branch to branch, 
softly hooting as it slowly circled us. 

Looking up into the trees near 
the edge of the road, we spotted a 
lightning-struck pine with a hole in the 
scar, from which two more fuzzy heads 
silently watched us, watching them. 
"We can't leave it here," said Michelle, 
as she took off her overshirt and draped 
it over the owlet, which started loudly 
clacking its beak. Picking it up, she 
carried it through poison ivy and put 
Adult barred owl it at the base of the scarred pine, then 

Owlets in the nest and the fallen baby. 

worked to free her shirt from the owlet's long talons. 

We had noticed a bit of blood on the owlet's beak. Looking 
again at the nest hole, we saw that TV and telephone cables 
passed within a foot or so of the opening. Perhaps, we guessed, 
it tried to fly out after the mother, clipped a cable, and fell onto 
the road, bloodying its beak. We saw no other injury. 

Whenever we went that way over the next week, we looked 
for the owlet, but saw only two faces looking out from the hole 
in the pine. We hope that the mother found a sheltering cranny 
for the fallen owlet until it could be on its own, but we know 
that young birds on the ground are in peril, even when they are 
equipped with sharp beak and talons. — Fred Harwood 



A~©f summer! 

PREPs: Free pre-concert talks at 6:1 5 pm* 

Saturday July 14 7 30 pm 

Beethoven - Missa Solemnis (Latin) 

Saturday, July 21 7 30 pm 

Defiant Requiem (Latin) (based on the Verdi Requiem) 
*PREPS will not be offered prior to this concert. 

Saturday, July 28 7 30 pm 

Opera Scenes: 

Puccini - La Rondine Act II (Italian) 
Bizet - Les Pecheurs de Pedes Act /(French) 
Verdi, AidaActll (Italian) 

Saturday, August 4 7 30 pm 

Schubert - Mass in A-flat /Way'or (Latin) 
Haydn - Mass in D-minor (latin) 
(Lord Nelson Mass) 

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The 12 th annual Sheffield in Celebration community groups, including the Town 

will again be the weekend after Labor of Sheffield, will have tables to dispense 

Day. Under the" Sheffield in Celebration" information and sell their wares, 
umbrella this year are the Sheffield Fair on The food court will include local 

Sept. 8 and the gala celebration of Dewey produce and goods as well as the Kiwanis 

Memorial Hall that evening. trailer selling hot dogs and hamburgers. 

Sheffield in Celebration was founded We've heard rumors that the popular 

by the Sheffield Association, publisher 
of the Sheffield Times, in 2001 as a way 
to connect people and businesses in the 
community and celebrate our town. 

Historical Society salad bar will be back. 
Fair food will also be for sale. All through 
the fair, local and regional talent will 
play family-friendly music. The music is 
produced by Tom Ingersoll. 

Dewey Hall anniversary gala 

The Dewey Hall gala starts at 8pm 
and features Kip Beacco and the Lucky 
Five. For more on this part of the Cel- 

The Sheffield Fair 

This year's fair is on Sat., Sept. 8, from 
noon to 5pm. A real country fair, in addi- 
tion to the food, music, vendors and kids 
activities, it includes showmanship and 
fitting competitions for cattle, horses and ebration, see the story on page 1 
poultry, and more. 

The Fair's apple 
pie contest, held since 
2009, is sponsored by 
King Arthur Flour 
which provides prizes 
in three age categories 
as well as for best-in- 
show. See the entry 
coupon and rules 

Local craftspeople, 
organizations and 

Pie judging and animals — the Sheffield 
Fair is a real country fair. 


The 64 th annual Sheffield Antiques 
Show will be held on Aug. 10, I I and 
1 2, at Mt. Everett Regional High School. 

The longest continuously running 
antiques show in Massachusetts, it will 
feature some 30 outstanding northeast 
dealers specializing in fine antiques 
furniture and accessories (country and 
formal), fine art, sterling silver, china, 
glass, books, oriental rugs, pottery, 
jewelry and textiles. There will also be 
a bakeshop and a quilt raffle. Refresh- 
ments will be served, with lunch avail- 
able from I 1 :30am to 2pm. 

The show, sponsored by Old Parish 
Church, will be open from 1 0am to 5pm 
on Friday and Saturday and from 1 0am 
to 4pm on Sunday.Admission is $7. 


Do you have an event going on that 
weekend? Let the Celebration Commit- 
tee know at 

For more about the Fair, Showman- 
ship & Fitting Competition or to inquire 
about vendor and exhibitor space, 
contact Kathy Orlando at 229-8789 or and see coupon 

For the Food Court, contact Barb 
Davidson at 229-809 1 . 

For the Apple Pie Contest, contact 
Jennifer Gaenzle Smith at (4 1 3) 329- 
6580 or email to 
and see coupon below. 


Pies must arrive by 1 2 noon forjudging by 3pm. 

Pies must be in a non-returnable pan, wrapped in a 
clear plastic bag, with a written list of ingredients. No 
i food mixes. 

Pies will be judged on appearance, aroma, flakiness 
of crust and taste. Judges' decisions are final. 

To register mail coupon to: Jennifer Gaenzle Smith 
RQ Box 625, Sheffield, MA 1 257 
Questions? Call Jennifer at (4 1 3) 329-6580 
or email her at 


□ Junior (ages 1 7 or younger) 


□ Adult (18 to 59) 

□ Senior (60 and up) 





Limited tables and tents available on a first-come, first- 
serve basis to those who register in advance. 
Call for pricing. 

Make checks payable to "Sheffield Association" 
with a notation for "Sheffield Fair." 

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deer. A bit further 
and just a few 

Our hike on a cloudless May morning 

started on Sunset Rock Rd., over on the 

New York side of the Taconic Range. The yards off the path, 

sign directed us 0.6 miles to Sunset Rock, dappled sunlight 

The path worn by countless feet into highlighted a 
the mountaintop rubble led through 
fragrant wild azalea and woodsy star 
flowers mixed with dense and sturdy 
mountain laurel, well anchored in the 
thin, acidic soils. As Michelle and I 
strolled along, we looked for pink lady's 

group of slippers 

huddled in a moist 

pocket under stunted birches and pines. 

We soon arrived at Sunset Rock, 
a small outcrop of the Taconic Range 
over Copake, on the northwest flank 

View of the Catskills and the Slipper. 

slippers, New England's protected orchid of Mt. Everett. Standing on the rock 

and the stimulus for our spring hike. 
Within minutes we spotted our first 
slipper, almost underfoot, at the edge of 
the narrow path, its voluptuous, pink 
blossom glowing in the sunlight. After 
several photos we moved along, scanning 
for more blossoms. 

Along a stretch where the soil was 
moist and shaded, we found several more 
slippers, including some whose blossoms 
had clearly been nipped by browsing 

amidst the wind-bent growth, we 
could see over the farms and forests 
and communities all the way to the 
Catskills, a vibrant spring green flush 
spreading as far as we could see. 

Rested, we started back. We noticed 
that the path exposed a stretch of rock 
scoured and polished by the last great 
North American glacier. Reportedly more 
than a mile thick, the ice moved south 
some 20,000 years ago, pushing before 

it sufficient earth to create Long Island, 
Cape Cod, and the islands of Martha's 
Vineyard and Nantucket. Carrying many 
sharp bits in its depths, the ponderous ice 
ground down and rounded our highlands 
and the Catskills, its independent 
direction of motion revealed not by 
the layers of the rock or the line of the 
ridge, but by its scratches at an angle to 
persistent rock layers perhaps a half- 
billion years old. 

The succession of glaciations has 
polished the ancient rocks into an easy 
spring hike, offering delights beyond 
the smell of sweet wild azalea and the 
seasonal prize of finding exotic, pink 
lady's slippers. — Fred Harwood 

For lovers of world-class music and lively 
literary chat. - Rural Intelligence 

At the historic Meeting House 

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Saturday, August 4, 4:30 p.m. FREE ! 

Berkshire Writers' Free For All: Mystery Writers Contest 

Saturday, August 25, 4:30 p.m. 

Berkshire Pulse Dancers Meet 

in The Soldier's Tale plus Debussy, Kreisler, Schoenfeld 
Saturday, September 1, 4:30 p.m. 

Bach's Musical Offering 

and other music from the Court of 

Frederick the Great 

Free pre-concert talk at 3:30 p.m. 

Saturday, September 8, 4:30 p.m. 

Daedalus String Quartet 

Mendelssohn, Perle and Dvorak 

Saturday, September 15, 4:30 p.m. 

The Boston Classical Trio 

Susanna Ogata, violin; Guy Fishman, cello; 
Ian Watson, fortepiano 
Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert 
Free pre-concert talk at 4 p.m. 

Saturday, September 22, 4:30 p.m. 

Brahms and Mendelssohn 

Robert Levin, piano • Daniel Stepner, violin 
Free pre-concert talk at 3:30 p.m. 

Saturday, September 29, 4:30 p.m. 

Jazz, Latin, and World Fusion 

Vocalist Maria Rivas; Paul Green, Jewish/Jazz Project 
Wine tasting after the show 

Saturday, October 6, 4:30 p.m. 

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The Sheffield Farmers' Market is open 
every Friday through Labor Day weekend 
from 2:30 to 6:30pm. It's located in the 
parking lot of Old Parish Church on Main 
St., Rt. 7. 

Customer parking is available in 
the nearby Town Hall Parking Lot. To 
ensure that there is sufficient parking for 
the other town merchants, the Market 
asks its customers to park there when 
you come. As a reward for being a good 
neighbor, you can collect a Good Parker 
Coupon at the Town Hall Parking Lot 
and receive $1 off any purchase. 

Here's a sampling of what's available: 

Moon In The Pond Farm. Dominic Palumbo 
has a great selection of sweet, succulent kale, Swiss 
chard, white carrots, broccoli, and beautiful heads 
of heirloom lettuces as well as his great handmade 
sausages and other meats. 

Berkshire Mountain Bakery. Just two ounces 
of the Sunny Flax loaf, loaded with sunflower seeds 
and flax seeds, has six grams of protein. Also for 

sale: spelt and whole wheat pizza crusts, plain and 
chocolate croissants and all their usual breads. 

Your Spice Of Life. Laura Griffin sells to-go 
foods (garlic scape vinaigrette, smoked salt butter, 
ginger curry carrots, campanelle pasta with garlic 
and kale, baked herbed chicken), evocative spice 
blends and seasoned salts and her own lavender 
lemonade. Much of the produce comes from New 
Leaf and Hawk Dance farms, both in Hillsdale. 

Ingleside Garden. Dana and Chloe bring 
red Russian kale, red flag lettuce, red beets, bok 
choy, mixed baby greens, fresh-cut herbs, potted 
herbs, and cut flower bouquets of bee balm, calen- 
dula, yarrow and wild greens — all organic. 

Cheeses from Amazing Real Live Food Co. 
include fresh herbed farmers cheese in a variety of 
flavors (dill, roasted garlic, jalapeno, plain, basil and 
garlic, horseradish); moonlight chaource (slightly 
aged, bloomy rind cheese with ash exterior, firm 
chevre-style center); and Stella vallis tomme (aged 
4-6 months, classic French Alps style, with natural, 
edible rind and robust nutty flavors. 

Earthborn Garden: Anne Banks has garlic 

At the Farmers' Market on Fri.,Aug. 
1 0, Cornfest is, well, a celebration of 
local corn. In addition to plenty of corn 
for sale, there will be corn recipes 
and family-friendly corny jokes, corny 
clowns, children's games and races, face- 
painting and a family concert. Bring the 
children and prepare to have fun! 

scapes, herbs, Equinox Farm salad greens, salsa, 
pickles, jams, syrup, plus tastings of tomato ginger 
marmalade and crabapple jelly. 

Other vendors include: Bill's Busy Bees (Bill 
and Helen Seymour, Hillsdale); Community 
Cooperative Farm (Justin Torrico, Sheffield); Hosta 
Hill Provisions (Maddie Elling and Abe Hunrichs, 
Housatonic); Bow Wow Farm (Doug Rysewyk, 
Sheffield); Otavalo Textiles (Pamela Barich); Youth 
Farmers (Becky Aragi doing baked goods and Kait- 
lin Dawson the vegetables); At The Market Table; 
Bizalion's olive oil; local maple syrup; Mumbet dolls 
and books; and a community non-profit table. 

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Greenwoods Community Church (non-denominational), 355 Clayton Rd. 
229-8560; parsonage (860) 824-7442. Sunday: 9:30am Sunday School (ages 
3-adult); 10:30am Worship Service, nursery care provided. Rev. Edward M. 
Eastman Jr., Pastor 

Trinity Methodist (United Methodist), 1156 Ashley Falls Rd. Sunday: 11am 
Service. Ken Phesay. 


First Congregational Church of South Egremont, 34 Main St. 528-2209. 
Sunday Worship: 10am. Rev. Steven Blackburn and Rev. Susan Wyman, Supply 


Congregation Ahavath Shalom (reconstructionist), North St. 5284197. 
Friday, 8pm & Saturday, 10am. Services not held every week. Schedules are 
updated on answering machine 

Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, 270 State Rd. 528-6378. Friday: 7:30pm 
Shabbat Service. Saturday: 10am Shabbat service & Torah study. Rabbi Deborah 
Zecher, Associate Rabbi Ari Rosenberg 


Christ Church Episcopal & Trinity Lutheran,180 Main St. 229-8811. Sunday: 
8am & 10am Holy Eucharist; 10am Sunday School & child care; Thursday: 10am 
Holy Eucharist & Healing. Rev. Anne Ryder 

Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses, Route 7 & Kellogg Rd. 229-8649. 
The public is welcome. 

Old Parish (United Church of Christ), 125 Main St. 229-8173. Sunday: 10am 
Worship. Rev. Jill Graham, Pastor 

Our Lady of the Valley (Catholic), Maple Ave. 229-3028. Saturday: 4:00pm Mass; 
Sunday: Sheffield 7:30am, 9am Masses; Mill River 10:30 Mass. Rev. Bruce Teague 

Sheffield Chapel (non-denominational), 1970 N. Main St. 528-2911, www. Sunday: 10:45am Worship, 9:30am Sunday School for all 
ages. Wed.: Group Prayer Time 7pm. Pastor: Corey McLaughlin 


Library News 


If there is any place in Sheffield that 
epitomizes the power of the local com- 
munity to work together to enhance the 
place we live in, it is the Bushnell-Sage 
Library, a hub of the Sheffield community 
with its extensive holdings and multiplic- 
ity of cultural activities, set in beautiful, 
park-like grounds. The plantings in those 
grounds are growing and developing con- 
stantly, thanks to the indefatigable efforts 
of local volunteers. Librarian Nancy 
Hahn says that key players have been 
Tom Ingersoll and Sherri MacDonald, 
along with Trustees Susan Young, Betty 
LeGeyt and Jane Nye, but she hesitates to 
name too many names, for fear of leaving 
anyone out. 

The library, formerly the Sheffield 
Center School until its transformation 
into the Library in the late 1990s, is 
situated in a spot long admired for its 
beauty. There, in 1884, the Pine Knoll 
Association purchased three acres of 

land, fencing it in and equipping it as a 
park. Among the principal contributors 
to the park was Dr. J. Leland Miller, 
who owned my own house on Miller 
Ave. and was a mover and shaker in the 
community. Even then, the pines there 
were ancient, some dating back to the 
primeval forest. In 1903, the park was 
ceded to The Trustees of 
Public Reservations (as The 
Trustees of Reservations 
was once called), but it was 
later returned to the town. 

Now, due to the energy 
and hard work of many 
local people, the library 
park is coming into its own. 
Nancy Hahn says, "Recent 
visitors from the Boston 
Public Library were amazed 
by the property and how it 
is being developed." 

The memorial aspect 



The Library land- 
scaping is a tribute 
to the Sheffield- 
community. Above, 
the gazebo. At left, 
the stairs that lead 
out of the patio that's 
by the downstairs 
Community Room. 



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Collecting, Preserving and Transmitting 
Sheffield's History for the Future 

The 1774 Dan Raymond House Museum offers tours 

May through September. Come explore the daily lives of 

common people from the Revolutionary generation onward, 

including the intriguing history of the Sheffield Tory for 

whom the house is named. 

The Mark Dewey Research Center houses the town's early 

archives, including tax and real estate records, historic 

photographs, and genealogical research. Open most 

Mondays and Fridays, from 1:30 to 4pm, year round. 

The 1834 Old Stone Store located on the Town Green func- 
tions as the Society's gift shop and exhibition space. Open 
weekends April to December. 

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of the park began with a bench and two 
beautiful crab apple trees dedicated to 
Mark Brandt. Now, the community 
churches annually donate a tree in 
memory of those who died during the 
previous year. Other memorial trees 
include the one for Martha Wheeler, who 
planted her own memorial witch hazel 
before she died, a tree visited often by her 
family. The Trustees of the Library plan 
to make sure memorial plaques are placed 
in front of each tree. 

Tom Ingersoll, local arborist, comes 
with the volunteers of the Sheffield Tree 
Project regularly to plant and check on 
the progress of the trees. Each year he 
runs pruning workshops at the library, 


Book club. Discuss John Steinbeck's 
Grapes of Wrath. Thursday, July 5, 
Ipm. Edmund de Waal's The Hare with 
the Amber Eye.Thurs., Aug. 2. Colum 
McCann'sThis Side of Brightness, 
Thurs., Sept. 6. 

demonstrating his techniques on the 
memorial trees. 

The landscaping in the front of the 
library is thanks to the efforts of many. 
It is dedicated to Millie Smith, a much- 
loved local woman who grew up in my 
own house as part of the Percy family 
and, in her role as lunch lady, went on 
to make sure generations of students at 
Sheffield Center School ate their green 
beans. Again, this was a total com- 
munity effort, masterminded by Chris 

Tomich, another Sheffield arborist and 
landscapes and Tom Ingersoll, and a 
tribute to the spirit of Sheffield. Peren- 
nials were donated by local nurseryman, 
Rick Curtiss, trees were provided by 
Ward's Nursery, pavers by Bill DeVries of 
DeVries Building Supply, and sod by the 
Goodchilds, who run the Sheffield Sod 
Farm. Joe Wilkinson ensured that topsoil 
would provide a fertile environment for 
the new plantings. The masonry walkway 
was done by Mark Mendel of Monterey 
Masonry. The trees and plantings — all 
native — are taken care of by Barbara Carr 
and Sherri MacDonald. The centerpiece 
American flag was donated by the local 
American Legion. 

The beautiful barrels in front of the 
library, changed seasonally, are main- 
tained by Claire Ward. The gazebo, 
which used to be further back on the 
property, was moved to the front by Tom 
Ingersoll, and is a thank you to John 
Campbell, the previous head librarian, 
who oversaw the development of the new 
library. (He is the second of only three 
librarians in the library's 90-year history.) 

A relatively recent development is the 
sunken patio garden that opens off the 
downstairs Community Room. Designed 
by architect John James, this again 
involved the work of many, including Joe 
Wilkinson (contractor), Johnston and 
Johnston (builders), Sherri MacDonald 
(landscape architect) and the Friends of 
the Bushnell-Sage Library. 

The memorial benches are dedicated 
to Inez Flinn and Bealla SchifFman, 
fondly remembered local women. New 


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this year is a hosta garden on the slopes, 
donated by Susan Young and Cathy Ness, 
which Berkshire School students helped 
plant on Gracious Living Day in April, 
fueled by refreshments donated by The 

Inside the Library are many beautiful 
plants, which are lovingly fed and watered 
by Sherri MacDonald, who has the ability 
to raise ailing plants from the brink of 
death. The bloom extends to the Library's 
books — the extensive collection of garden 
books is a huge draw, thanks to the energy 
and scholarship of Jacqueline Connell. 

Betty Young, Library Trustee, gives 
a great deal of credit to the Sheffield 
Finance Board and the Board of Select- 
men, who have always been supportive of 
the Library. It is this support, combined 
with the tireless and generous efforts 
of local volunteers and businessmen, 
that has ensured that the Bushnell-Sage 
library is truly the jewel in the crown of 
Sheffield. — Gillian Hettinger 


The Library has passes that patrons 
can check out for many of the cultural 
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Community News 


Mass Envirothon is a statewide envi- 
ronmental education program for high 
school students. The program stresses the 
interdependence of humans and nature. 
Envirothon teams representing schools 
and community organizations prepare 
through the year for a statewide event in 
May that tests their knowledge of forest, 
wildlife, water and soil resources and cur- 
rent environmental issues. 

The Envirothon team at Mount Ever- 
ett Regional High School, which includes 
Coach Will Conklin, Sierra Wilson, 
Miranda Hosier and Stefan Zdiarski, 
competed in the statewide competition 
on May 17 at Blackstone River & Canal 
Heritage State Park in Uxbridge, MA. 
(The winners are not yet known.) 

This year's current issue was "sustain- 
able storm water management." As part 
of our research, we explored how storm 
water is managed at the Housatonic Riv- 
erwalk, and our high school. One of the 

problems we discovered was that sand, 
salt and debris from roads and parking 
areas wash into waterways, polluting the 
fresh water. At the Riverwalk, some miti- 
gation measures are in place, such as a rain 
garden to help filter the water naturally 
and a flow form behind Rite Aid on Rt. 7 
that improves water quality by oxygenat- 
ing the water before it enters the river. 

Our team suggested that more 
frequent maintenance on the catch basins 
would improve their effectiveness. At the 
Mount Everett campus we discovered the 
roof on the school's Agricultural Barn can 
be used to collect rainwater in barrels. 
The water can be used around the barn 
and to water the gardens, reducing our 
water usage. 

We are hoping to implement other 
projects at the campus: improving the 
maintenance of the campus contain- 
ment ponds and installing water-quality 
improving systems such as flow forms 




Alarm at Sheffield Library. 


Alarm at Mt. Everett High 

School. i 


Injured hiker on Applachian Trail. 


Stand-by for Egremont Fire 



Mutual aid to Canaan, CT, Fire 



Propane leak at Cobble Lane. 


Rescue injured hiker off Race 

Brook Falls. 


Lightning strike on Route 7 




Mutual aid to Canaan, CT, 

Fire Dept. 


Wires on fire on Home Rd. 

and County Rd. 

and rain gardens. We hope to increase 
awareness of sustainable storm water 
management and get the community 
involved in these projects that we are 
looking to put in place. 

A special thanks to Dave Smith, Sr., 
for meeting with us to discuss sustainable 
development as part of the Town plan- 
ning process. — Miranda Hosier 

Christ Church Episcopal & 
Trinity Lutheran Church, Sheffield 


Saturday, August 4, 
from 9am- 3pm 

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Huge Tag Sale 
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Pickles, Jams, Jellies 
Fresh Cape Cod Clams 
Burgers, Dogs, Salads 
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Senior Center News 


Improvements to the building continue at the Sheffield 
Senior Center. The long-awaited window treatments, paid 
for with money from Sheffield taxpayers and donations 
from the Friends of the Senior Center, are finally installed 
and are a great addition both aesthetically and functionally. 
Air conditioning has added to the Senior Center's being a 

The flowers, perennials and annuals, add welcome warmth 
and color to the area around the building. 

Programs and activities have increased. This summer, look 
for another men's breakfast, a Ladies' Tea featuring artist/ 
musician Diane Taraz, a trip to the Mac-Haydn Theatre in 
Chatham, eurhythmy classes with Francesca Margulies and a 

destination and cooling center for elders escaping the heat of fraud-awareness program given by Berkshire Bank. 

early summer. 

The Sheffield Kiwanis donated funding and Mt. Everett 
eighth graders provided the elbow grease to help Sheffield 
seniors in installing plants around the sides of the building. 

Eighth graders helping plant around the Senior Center; the happy work crew. 

Especially exciting is a six-week intergenerational program 
sponsored by the South Berkshire Community Coalition entitled 
"Bridging the Gap — Projects between Ages." On consecutive 
Thursdays seniors matched with girls from Chimney Corners 
YMCA Camp in Becket will share projects, 
stories and experiences at the Senior Center. 

An ice cream social is planned for July and a 
blueberry festival for August. Watch for details 
in the monthly newsletter, the Sheffield Senior 
Crier, mailed to over 700 Sheffield addresses. 
If you would like to receive it, give the Senior 
Center a call at 229-7037 or read it on the 
Town website at 

Come on down to 25 Cook Rd., escape the 
heat and have a visit. We are here to serve! 

— John-Arthur Miller, Director 


On June 2, the Friends held a wonderfully successful and 
giant tag sale. Of course, the event would not have been 
such a success without the many, many hours put in by our 
many terrific and energetic volunteers. Thank you to you 
all! We also want to thank all who donated items and who 
came to our event and supported our endeavor. 

In the last issue of the Sheffield Times, we told you about 
The Friends' venture into the electronic realm with a 
Facebook page (search for "Sheffield Senior Center" on your 
home page). Well, now we also have our own website! Go to and check it out! 
You'll find information about the Friends, the Senior Center's 
schedule of activities for the month, upcoming Friends events, 
trips, photos and more. Let us know what you think! 

Sheffield in Celebration. The Friends are working 
with the Council on Disabilities in planning for a booth for 
the Sheffield Fair. We expect to have a bake sale (donations 
will be greatly appreciated), popcorn, beverages and more. 
Look for additional information in the next issue. 

Not too early for Christmas. On Dec. I, the Friends 
will be holding our first Christmas and Crafts Fair. Anyone 
interested in setting up a table to sell their handcrafted 
items can call George Oleen (229-6670), Kathy Cashiola 
(229-2774) or Claudia Martin (229-2871). Rates for the 
tables will be $25 (card table), $30 (6-foot table) and $35 
(8-foot table). Look for more details in the next issue. 

And as always — don't forget to stop by the Senior Cen- 
ter anytime to join in the many fun activities, to work on a 
puzzle or to just visit! — Claudia Martin 

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April 2 regular meeting 

The Board discussed the proposed state 
law changing speed limits currently posted 
at 30 mph to 25 mph, agreeing that it 
opposed the change. 

After discussing the plan changes for 
municipal health care, the Board voted to 
issue the required "5 2.03 notice" as drafted 
to the Insurance Advisory Committee. 

Administrator LaBombard said she 
had received a letter of resignation from 
highway employee Michael Kingsbury. 
The Board thanked Kingsbury for his 
service to the town. The Board discussed 
the appointment of department heads 
and voted to put all of them into the same 
appointment cycle starting in 2013. 

The Board voted to engage Melanson 

of positive feedback. 

The Board authorized the Town 
Administrator to sign the repair order for 
repairs to the elevator as a result of the 
state inspection. 

April 23 working meeting 

This meeting was held as a voter-infor- 
mation session before the Annual Town 
Meeting. Administrator LaBombard 
conducted the meeting. She introduced 
Mark Cappadona of Colonial Power 
Group, Inc., who gave a short presentation 
on Municipal Power Aggregation, also 
known as Community Choice Aggrega- 
tion, which is Article 28 on the warrant. 
He fielded questions from both the Board 
and the public. Administrator LaBombard 

Heath 8C Co. to complete the audit for Fis- then reviewed the FY2013 budget, which 

cal Year 2012 at the same fee as FY2011. 

Board Chairman Rene Wood pre- 
sented a draft letter regarding state senate 
bill S.2200 to the Joint Committee on 
Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy. 
Town Administrator Rhonda LaBombard 
and Selectman David Smith, Jr., reported 
that their attendance at the Council on 
Aging meeting on April 19 received a lot 


YourTown needs youlTheTown of Sheffield is seeking 
applicants for many vacant positions. Serving on a board 
or committee is a way to get to know your neighbors 
and better know your town. 

For instance, currently the Town does not have 
a representative for the Five Town Cable Advisory 
Committee, which is responsible for making sure the 
cable needs of the five member towns are addressed. 
With representatives from the towns of Lee, Lenox, 
Stockbridge, Great Barrington and Sheffield, Sheffield 
has three seats, all vacant. 

Here are other open positions: 

Ashley Falls Historic District Committee: I member. 

Cultural Council: 4 members. 

Commission on Disabilities: 1-5 members (the 
Commission currently has four of 5-9 members). 

Historical Commission: 6 members. 

Housing Commission: I member. 

Local Emergency Planning Committee: I member. 

Park and Recreation Committee: 2 members. 

Planning Board Associate Member: I member. 

Public Weigher: 3 positions. 
Anyone interested in serving on a Board or Commis- 
sion should send a letter of interest to the Town Adminis- 
trator's office. — Rhonda Labombard, Town Administrator 

will be voted on at Town Meeting, and 
took questions. 

April 23 regular meeting 

The Board voted to grant an Antique 
8C Second Hand Goods License to Emma 
Blair for Berkshire Vintage, LLC, to be 
located at 1695 North Main St. The store 
will feature vintage home furnishings. 

Chairman Wood 
read a list of town 
appointments expir- 
ing June 30, as well 
as positions currently 
open. Administrator 
LaBombard noted that 
everyone currently 
holding an expiring 
appointment will 
receive a letter from the 
Town within the next 
few weeks, and if they 
wish to apply for reap- 
pointment, they can 
send her an email, a 
letter or a note on the 
letter they receive and 
return it to her. Chair- 
man Wood noted that 
anyone can apply for 
any of the expiring 
appointments by writ- 
ing the Town Admin- 
istrator, though many 
of the appointments 


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have specific expertise requirements. 

Administrator LaBombard presented a 
request to route a portion of the Berkshire 
Cycling Classic through Sheffield on May 
6. After discussion, the Board voted to 
grant the request, pending approval by 
Police Chief Jim McGarry and Fire Chief 
Rick Boardman. 

Administrator LaBombard reviewed 
the four bids received for a backhoe, 
which ranged from $69,000 to $94,990. 
She recommended going with the low 
bid, from Liftech of Bloomfield, CT, 
noting that Highway Superintendent 
Ed Lord had approved the equipment as 
well as several backhoe attachments. She 
recommended purchasing two attach- 
ments needed by the Highway Dept., for 
a total cost below what voters approved 
on the 2011 Warrant. The Board voted to 
award the bid to Liftech and to authorize 
the Town Administrator and Highway 
Superintendent to purchase any needed 
attachments within the amount approved 
on the warrant. 

Following a request from the Conser- 
vation Commission, the Board voted to 
amend a motion of March 26 to increase 
the amount available for a consultant for 
a property on Polikoff Road, from $500 
to $1,200. 

Selectman Smith thanked all who 
participated in the recent Kiwanis Stuff 
a Bus food drive for local food pantries. 
Chairman Wood reviewed the call for 
nominations for the Ad Hoc Task Force 
to advise the Southern Berkshire School 
District's School Committee. 

Town Administrator LaBombard 
commented on the positive feedback she 
had received regarding the recent library 
program held for children during school 
vacation week. 

April 30 regular meeting 

The Board discussed which candidates 
to recommend to serve on the SBRSD's 
Ad Hoc Task Force and decided to send 
a letter to the School Committee recom- 
mending Mark Bachetti, Jean Emberlin 
and Candace Parsons. 

The spring Bulky Waste Collection 
will be held on May 18, 19 and 20. Resi- 
dents holding a FY12 Transfer Station 



Nomination papers for the Southern Berkshire Regional School District (SBRSD) School Committee are 
due back to any of the Town Clerks in the five member towns for certification by July 24. 27 signatures 
are required. Papers are available from any of those Town Clerks or the SBRSD clerk, Linda Higgins. 

sticker can receive a coupon to dispose of 
one pickup truck of waste. Residents that 
do not have a sticker may purchase one 
from the Tax Collector's Office. 

Laura Grunfeld submitted a list of rec- 
ommendations on behalf of the Commis- 
sion on Disabilities regarding improved 
accessibility at the Town Park. Adminis- 
trator LaBombard will get a price quote on 
a handicap-accessible port-a-potty for the 
park from May-October. The remaining 
recommendations will be forwarded to the 
Park and Recreation Committee. 

Trudy Weaver Miller, from the Shef- 
field Farmers' Market, introduced Amelia 
Wolfe, the Market Manager. The Market 
has requested a temporary roadside event 
sign permit to be erected Thursday and 
removed Friday evening of each week. The 
Board voted to grant the permit from May 
25 until August 31. 

The Board voted to authorize Admin- 
istrator LaBombard to sign the agreement 

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the Berkshire Visiting Nurse Association. 

The Board discussed the renewal 
proposal received from Massachusetts 
Interlocal Insurance Assoc, for property, 
liability and workman's compensation 
insurance coverage for FY2013 and 
authorized Administrator LaBombard to 
sign the agreement for continued insur- 
ance coverage. 

The Board discussed the Niel property 
on County Rd. A member of the Board 
will conduct a site visit with the Highway 
Superintendent. The issue was tabled. 

May 21 working meeting 

The Board discussed a 1998 Mas- 
sachusetts Land Court case regarding an 
appeal of a Zoning Board of Appeals deci- 
sion. It decided to follow up with the Land 
Court and discuss this at a future meeting. 

The Board voted to appoint Joanne 
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Discussion ensued regarding the 
salaries of the clerks for various boards. 
The Board voted to raise clerks' hourly rate 
to $16 for the Planning Board, Zoning 
Board of Appeals and Police Department 
(pending approval from the Chief). 

The Board discussed a safety issue with 
the soap dispensers at the Senior Center. 
The Board agreed that Administrator 
LaBombard and Senior Center Director 
John- Arthur Miller would work together 
on a solution. 

May 21 meeting 

Chairman Rene Wood thanked the vot- 
ers for their support at the recent election. 
Following the usual yearly reorganization, 
the Board voted for Selectman David 
Smith, Jr., to serve as Chairman and Select- 
man Julie Hannum to serve as Clerk. 

The Board discussed the FY2013 

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The annual deadline for Chapter 61 A & 6IBApplications is on 
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transfer station fees and voted to raise 
the rates for FY13 to $175 for a regular 
sticker, $120 for a sticker for those 70 
years old and above, $10 for a second 
sticker, and $30 for a recycling sticker. 

The Board then discussed the contract 
for the transportation of recyclable paper 
and containers, which will expire on June 
30. The Board voted to extend the contract 
for an additional 12 months to JTC and 
Sons, Inc., who has agreed to continue 
with the same price of $230 per haul. 

The Board voted to amend the contract 
expiration date between the Town and 
Administrator Rhonda LaBombard from 
August 1, 2013, to June 30, 2013. 

The Board voted to appoint Thomas 
Reynolds to the Highway Dept. as a Truck 
Driver/ Laborer/ Equipment Operator, 
pending the results of a physical exam. 

A letter of resignation from the Shef- 
field Cultural Council was received from 
Anne Dunn. The Board voted to accept 

the letter of resignation and send her a 
letter of thanks for her service. The Board 
voted to appoint Lori-Beth Amato to the 
Commission on Disabilities for a term to 
expire June 30, 2014. 

The Board discussed forming a Senior 
Center Building Committee to review and 
update plans to complete the center's lower 
level. It decided the committee would 
have seven members, one a member of the 
Council on Aging chosen by the council 
and the others appointed by the Board, 
including one Selectman. Anyone inter- 
ested on serving on the committee should 
submit an email or letter of interest to the 
Town Administrator. 

Connor Pelkey and Pat Feeley, stu- 
dents from Berkshire School, were present 
to discuss ICLEI (International Council 
for Local Environmental Initiatives) - 
Local Governments for Sustainability, an 
international non-profit association of 
1,220 local government members commit- 

ted to sustainable development. The Board 
will follow up at a future meeting. 

The manager of the Sheffield Farmers' 
Market, Amelia Wolfe, was present to 
discuss the upcoming season. The Market 
will be open from Friday, May 25, through 
August 31. 

Selectman Wood thanked the Board 
for her Chairmanship over the last year. 
She announced that the Mt. Everett High 
School Library would be dedicated to 
Albert Trocchi on May 27. 

Selectman Hannum inquired about 
the sign for the canoe launch at the Cov- 
ered Bridge Park. 

Administrator LaBombard announced 
that the Massachusetts Department of 
Agricultural Resources sent a letter stating 
its intent to purchase an Agricultural 
Preservation Restriction on approximately 
110 acres of land on Lime Kiln Rd. and 
Egremont Sheffield Rd. Additionally, it 
requested a reduction of the notification 


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the Board granted. A prior announcement 
of intent to purchase an APR of approxi- 
mately 354 acres on Lime Kiln and Bow 
Wow stated that all the land was in Shef- 
field, but approximately one acre is located 
in Egremont. 

Susan Butler was present to discuss 
storage of files in the Town Hall and 
submitted a letter to the Board. 

June 4 working meeting 

The Board discussed possible solutions 
for the boarding of stray dogs and decided 
to find out what facility was used by sur- 
rounding towns. 

It discussed a drainage issue on County 
Rd. A site visit was scheduled for June 8 
for all involved parties. 

The Board discussed the paving of 
West Rd. and decided to consult with 
the Conservation Commission on any 
possible wetland issues. It voted to sup- 

port state funding for mosquito control. 

The Board discussed the formation of 
an Innovation School within the SBRSD. 

June 4 working meeting with the 
Council on Aging at the Senior Center 

The meeting discussed the draft ques- 
tionnaire to be sent out to all residents. 
The Council on Aging will make changes 
to the questionnaire and send it to Admin- 
istrator LaBombard for approval. 

Discussion ensued regarding the 
Director's hours and the responsibilities of 
the position. 

After a discussion about use of the 
Senior Center, it was decided that. Admin- 
istrator LaBombard will schedule a meeting 
between the Library Trustees, the Council 
on Aging and the Board of Selectman. 

In a discussion about the Senior Cen- 
ter Building Committee, it was decided 
that Administrator LaBombard and John- 

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The Commission on Disabilities will 
start a new speaker series on Oct. 1 8, 
as part of the Senior Center's Third 
Thursday Luncheon. The topic will 
be "Resources and Aids for Hearing 
Impairments." Lunch begins at noon 
and the talk around 12:30. Further 
details will be in the next issue. 

The Commission meets on one 
Friday a month at 3:30pm at the 
Library.The schedule for the next 
three months: July 20, Aug. 24, Sept. 21. 
Meetings are open to the public. 

Questions can be directed to any 
member of the Commission (Laura 
Grunfeld, David Wells, Claudia Martin, 
Gail Mullen or Lori-Beth Amato). 
Any resident of Sheffield interested 
in joining the Commission or who 
needs information about services in 
South County for people with dis- 
abilities can contact Laura Grunfeld at 
229-2476 or laura@everyonesinvited. 
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Elections and voter registration. We are gearing up for the 
final two elections of this year: 

Thurs., Sept. 6: State Primary 

lues., Nov. 6: State/ Presidential Election 

Check your voter status! You can register or change party 
status up to 20 days before an election, which makes the next 
deadline Fri., Aug. 17. The office will be open until 8pm. 

All elections will be held at the Senior Center on Cook Rd. 

Important notice about voter registration. You might 
receive what looks like a universal voter registration form from 
the Voter Participation Center, which has been promoting voter 
registration throughout the U.S. Some of these forms have 
inaccurate pre-printed data. The Secretary of the Common- 
wealth has determined that we may accept these forms. But be 
sure to look it over carefully. If you have any questions regard- 
ing your voter status, contact my office as soon as possible. 

Dog licensing. Please remember that if you have a dog six 
months of age or older, or if you reside in Sheffield at least 30 
days of the year, you are required to license your dog. The fees 
are $10 for intact dogs, $5 for spayed/neutered dogs. Licensing 
takes place annually from March 1 to May 1. A fine of $25 per 
dog will be imposed after the deadline. 

If you have a new dog, it can be licensed anytime of year at 
the regular rate. With proof of rabies and spay/neuter status, 
you can mail in your request. Make checks payable to the Town 
of Sheffield, and mail to Town Clerk, P.O. Box 175, Sheffield 
MA 01257. Please include a self- addressed, stamped envelope. 

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MINUTES, continued from page J 7 

Arthur Miller, the Senior Center Director, 
will serve as ex- officio members. 

June 4 regular meeting 

The Board voted to appoint Steven 
Hyer, Mark Robitaille and Robert Kilmer 
as probationary members of the Fire Dept. 
as recommended by Chief Boardman. 

Paul O'Brien submitted a letter of resig- 
nation from the Five Town Cable Advisory 
Committee and the Housing Commission. 
The Board voted to accept the resignation 
and send him a letter of thanks. 

The Board discussed the cable commit- 
tee. The Board voted to temporarily appoint 
Selectman Wood as a member. 

Administrator LaBombard read a list 
of applicants and vacancies for FY 2013. 
Action on the appointments will take place 
at the next meeting. 

The Board approved a curb cut appli- 
cation submitted by Donald and Nancy 
Perry for 10 Bow Wow Rd. 

The Selectmen congratulated the 67 
students who graduated from Mt. Everett 
High School, along with the Monument 
Mountain and Berkshire Community 
College graduates. 

Selectman Wood presented the draft 
of a followup letter regarding S.2214, an 
act relative to competitively priced electric- 
ity in the Commonwealth. The Board 
voted to send the letter as presented. 

Police Chief James McGarry submit- 
ted his note of retirement, effective July 31, 
2012. [See story, page 1.] 

George Oleen was present to discuss 
markers on soldiers' graves in various 
cemeteries and the care of the cemeter- 
ies. The Board decided to research the 
responsibilities of a Veteran's Grave 
Officer and the formation of a Cemetery 

Susan Butler was present to discuss an 
amplification unit for the upstairs meeting 
room in the Town Hall. 


Sheffield residents can recycle old oil 
paint, stains, paint thinners, turpentine 
and waste motor oil onTues.July 10, 
from 4:30-6:30pm at the Lenox Dept. 
of Public Works, 275 Main St. 

You can dispose of hazardous 
household waste on Sat., July 2 1, from 
9am to noon at the Lee Waste Water 
Treatment Facility, 379 Pleasant St. 
Acceptable materials include the items 
above, plus roofing tar, pool chemicals, 
insecticides, fertilizers, drain cleaner, 
as well as mercury thermometers, 
propane tanks (up to three free) and 
batteries, button and rechargeable. 
Goodwill Industries of the Berkshires 
will be on hand to accept computers, 
monitors and peripherals, as well as 
clothing items.TVs will be accepted for 
a fee of $ 10 and up, depending on size. 

Latex paint is not accepted at 
either event. Empty or dried-up cans 
of latex or oil-based paint can be 
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At the April 9 meeting, the Conservation 
Commission held a public hearing on 
a Request for Determination of Appli- 
cability of wetlands regulations filed by 
the Sheffield Land Trust for property 
on Boardman St,, for eradication of 
non-native plant species with approved 
herbicides. The property has agricultural 
fields, a canoe launch and a vernal pool 
that is presently dry. 

Jess Toro and Sari Hoy of Native 
Habitat Restoration were present for 
the applicant. The invasive species on the 
property include knotweed, multiflora 
rose, honeysuckle and bittersweet, which 
will be cut and mulched to minimize 
herbicide use. Herbicides will be applied 
to cut stumps in the wetlands and to leaves 
and cut stumps in the buffer zone. Moni- 
toring to evaluate the treatment's success 
will continue for three years. 

The Commission found that the 
regulations did not apply, with Don Ward 
abstaining because he is on the board of 
the Sheffield Land Trust. 

At the April 23 meeting, a public 
hearing on a Request for Determination 
of Applicability, was held for Peter Walsh 
and property on Berkshire School Rd., 
for tree clearing and vista pruning between 
the 50- and 100-foot wetland buffers. 

Mark Reynolds of Kelly, Granger and 
Parsons and the applicant, Peter Walsh, 
were present. Walsh wants to put in a 
house and septic in an area outside of the 
buffer zone but first wants to do selective 
clearing in the buffer zone. Silt fencing will 
be put along the buffer. Walsh wants to 

put stumps into a depression to the side of 
the property that is within the buffer. 

The Commission asked for the 100- 
foot buffer and the trees to be removed to 
be marked and scheduled a site visit. 

At the May 14 meeting, a public 
hearing on a Request for Determination 
of Applicability was held for Berkshire 
School and property on 245 North 
Undermountain Rd*, for construction 
of a handicapped ramp at the Stanley Dor- 
mitory in the center of campus to allow 
access in accordance with the Americans 
with Disabilities Act. The school would 
like to begin work in June while the 
students are away. 

Michael Kulig of Berkshire Engineer- 
ing, Inc. was present for the applicant. A 
stream runs through a pipe underneath 
the building, and the ramp will be at the 
50-foot wetlands buffer line. 

The Commission stated that it had no 
issues with regard to proximity of wet- 
lands. However, as there is an endangered 
species in this area, Natural Heritage must 
be contacted. 

In the April and May meetings, a 
public hearing was opened on a Notice 
of Intent filed by Wesley McCain for 
property on 400 East Rd., for an aquatic 
management program on McCain Pond. 
The pond is four feet deep, and the plants 
have been taking over. 

Michael Lennon of Aquatic Control 
Technology was present for the applicant. 
The proposed program should improve 
circulation in the pond, lack of which has 
caused algae problems. Glyphosate and 

diquat will target ribbon leaf pond weed 
and water shield. The Dept. of Environ- 
mental Protection approves these aquatic 
herbicides, and they aren't known to 
adversely affect fish. 

After a site visit, the Commission 
expressed reservations regarding the 
use of aquatic herbicides, but as they 
are approved by the DEP, it has limited 
recourse in the matter. The Commission 
would like to see town bylaws regulat- 
ing these chemicals and will speak to the 
Board of Selectman regarding the proce- 
dure for instituting new bylaws. The Com- 
mission asked Jane Winn of the Berkshire 
Environmental Action Team to provide 
them with recent research. The Com- 
mission also agreed to speak to Aquatic 
Control Technology regarding devising 
a long-range management program that 
does not include chemicals. The public 
hearing was then continued. 

At the April 23 meeting, Kathy 
Orlando of the Sheffield Land Trust 
made a presentation about naming the 
Conservation Commission a co-holder on 
a conservation restriction on 85 acres 
along West Rd, 

Orlando stated that a $485,000 Land- 
scape Partnership Grant can help protect 
this and a nearby property. The grant 
requires that the state or town agency 
where the property is located has an inter- 
est in it. The grant will also help preserve 
Bow Wow Farm on Bow Wow and Lime 
Kiln Rds. Action must be taken by the 

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consult with the Town and schedule a time 
to walk the property. 

In the April meetings, the possible vio- 
lations on property of Edward Ustico, on 
PolikofFRd., continued to be discussed. 
The Commission hired Gail Palmer, a 
former consultant to the Commission, to 
walk the property and interpret the previ- 
ous consultant's report. That took place 
on April 17, along with Ustico. 

The site did not appear to be in as bad 
condition as originally thought. An area on 
the road by the bog has soil erosion. There 
are piles of construction debris and soil in 
the floodplain. Ustico agreed to make res- 
torations, so the Commission chose to is- 
sue a "friendly" enforcement order. He was 
advised on how to repair the erosion and 
remove the debris, work that must be com- 
pleted by May 11. Topsoil and other ma- 
terials must be removed from the flood- 
plain or compensatory storage created by 
Sept. 21. 

The Commission voted to issue the 
enforcement order. With the resource 
areas clearly defined, Ustico can do what 
he wishes in the other areas, but any 
projects he wishes to do in wetland areas 
must be brought before the Commission. 
He can continue using the road as long as 
there is no erosion into the bog area. Any 
storm damaged trees in the wetlands area 
can be removed. 

It was reported at the May meeting, 
however, that Ustico said he never received 
the enforcement order, which was sent by 
certified mail. Neighbors contacted the 
Commission to say he had not removed 
the pile of debris from the floodplain, 

only "moved it around ". The Commission 
decided to email the enforcement order 
to Ustico and contact him in one week to 
make a site visit. 

In other business in the April and 
May meetings: 

The permits for aquatic management 
for both Mill Pond and Fawn Lake were 
automatically extended for two years. 

To evaluate the request for a Certificate 
of Compliance by Judith Schnurr for 
property on Bow Wow and Cook Rd*, 
the Commission did a site visit. The coffer 
dam and sluice way were working well and 
all was satisfactory. The Comission issued 
the certificate. 

The Commission agreed that on the 
same day as the site visit on the Ustico 
property, they would look at the culvert 
Charles Joyce had installed on County 
Rd v because it did not seem to appear as 
it should. 

Julie Berriault of 189 Kelsey Rd. 
contacted the Commission and stated 
that maple trees on her property that 
she believed were in the buffer zone were 
dying. She believed this was a result of 
herbicidal treatments she had done on 
her property to get rid of invasive species. 
The Commission stated that they would 
contact her and schedule a site visit. 

Howard Chezar reported on a seminar 
on climate change at the Massachusetts 
Association of Conservation Commis- 
sions annual meeting. As temperatures 
rise and precipitation amounts change, 
the subsurface water level has risen. Older 
septic systems will no longer be safe, 
and culverts will no longer be adequate. 

FEMA flood-plain maps will no longer be 
accurate. It will be more important than 
ever to encourage the formation of land 
restrictions to create buffer areas to help 
control flooding. 

Jane Winn of the Berkshire Envi- 
ronmental Action Team was present to 
discuss upgrading bridges and culverts to 
meet the Massachusetts River and Stream 
Crossing Standards. Ed Lord of the 
Highway Dept. was invited but unable to 
attend. Winn stated that her organization 
is working with the Housatonic Valley 
Association to evaluate bridges and cul- 
verts in the area. A bridge or culvert that's 
1.2 times the width of the stream seems 
to work best with respect to resisting 
washouts from floods. Ideally, there should 
be bank on either side so that animals can 
pass. Span bridges with open bottoms are 
the best choice for stream crossings, with 
embedded bridges being the next best. 

Winn asked the Commission for any 
input they may have regarding crossings 
that have been washed out. Replacing 
crossings on perennial streams requires 
filing an application with the Army Corp 
of Engineers. If their standards are met, 
a stream replacement will be considered 
Category 1, which is the simplest. If stan- 
dards are not met, the process becomes 
more complicated with additional paper- 
work needing to be filed. 

The Commission approved an emer- 
gency certification for National Grid to 
excavate in a vegetative wetlands area near 
a residence at 1050 County Rd. A pull 
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The Sheffield Water Co. has now received 
final approval from the state departments 
of Public Utilities and Environmental 
Protect for completion of improvements 
to its system. The Water Co. laid 5,100 
feet of new pipe and mains, installed five 
new hydrants and built a 211,000-gallon 
storage tank, which allows the company 
to hold the mandatory two-day emer- 
gency water supply. 

"I would like to thank everyone 
who helped with this project, whether 
they attended a hearing, sent a letter of 
support or served on a committee," said 
Beth Bartholomew, president of the 
company. "I especially want to thank the 
Sheffield Board of Selectmen, the Town 
Administrators Joe Kellogg and Rhonda 
LaBombard, and our State Representa- 
tive William "Smitty" Pignatelli." 

Beth credits Pignatelli with helping 
the company obtain the 2 percent interest 
loan that enabled the work to be done. 
"Smitty worked tirelessly to convince 
the state board that controlled the funds 
to help us," she said. "He, with the help 
of State Treasurer Stephen Grossman, 
started the funds flowing." 

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After 5/2 years of service, because of 
term limits, Marilyn Wightman is step- 
ping down as president of Construct, 
Inc., a nonprofit corporation located 
at 4 1 Mahaiwe St. in Great Barrington. 
Construct provides housing, support 
and educational service to anyone in 
the Southern Berkshires who has lost 
his or her home or who lacks financial 
resources to maintain safe, decent and 
affordable housing. 

Marilyn will continue to serve on 
the board, along with four other Shef- 
field residents: Peter Cherneff.John 
James, Paul Moritz and Annie Ryder. 
Cherneff, an attorney, has guided a 
process to help the Board re-write 
its by-laws. James, an architect, has 
assisted with evaluating property for 
development. Moritz and Ryder are 
recent additions to the Board. Moritz 
is president of Aquatic Design on Rt. 
7. Ryder is the pastor and rector of 
Christ Church Episcopal & Trinity 
Lutheran Church. In addition, June 
Wolfe, a Sheffield farmer, is property 
manager for Construct's Pine Woods 
project, which provides 30 mixed- 
income housing units in Stockbridge. 

Sheffield is second only to Great 
Barrington in the number of people 
seeking help from Construct. 

In 201 1, the organization fielded 
6,200 phone calls for help from South 
County residents looking for imme- 
diate housing, locating permanent 
housing or help with food stamps 
or financial aid for utility and fuel 
expenses.That year 48 homeless 
adults were sheltered, three-quarters 
of them successfully placed in per- 
manent housing. They also obtained 
jobs. Those with mental health and 
substance abuse issues took part in 
treatment programs. 


The end of the school year ends Troop 28's weekly meet- 
ings. Since Senior Patrol Leader Hunter Lucey heads off to 
college this summer, it also marks the end of his term as 
troop leader. 

Awards. In a recent flurry of awards, five young men 
finished their swimming merit badge requirements, two fin- 
ished the family life badge requirements, and individual scouts 
received badges in chemistry, theater and crafts. Four scouts 
advanced in rank. 

Outings. In May, the scouts, including our two youngest 
scouts, participated in a five-mile hike and overnight from 

the Mount Washington parking lot. One scout visited the 
District's Scouting Camporee in Lee, and most everybody 
marched in their town's Memorial Day parade. In June they 
hiked 20-plus miles in three days on the Appalachian Trail. 
They worked together on a weekend-long service project. 
One scout will be heading to National Youth Leader Training 
for the week. In July seven scouts will attend summer camp 
for a week, and plans are underway for a five-day August 

The Troop will resume its meetings the last week in 
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What better way is there to spend a 
summer's day in Sheffield than on the 
river? I have canoed lots of this mighty 
waterway, but the best stretch by far is 
from the Covered Bridge to Rannapo 
Rd. This nine-mile stretch undulates 
back and forth in deep meanders. I 
usually budget at least four hours for 
the trip. I pack a lunch, beverages, sun- 
screen and my bathing suit. Everyone 
I have taken has enjoyed themselves 

Of course this section parallels Route 
7, but you wouldn't know it once you're 
down on the water. Tucked beneath the 
embankments, you feel like you're the 
only one for miles around. Occasionally 
a house can be seen, but for the most 
part it is you and nature. And what an 
abundance of that! On a recent trip, I 
saw — to name just a few — a bald eagle, 
a great blue heron, a red-tailed hawk, a 
black vulture, kingfisher, bank swallows, 

The Housatonic near the Covered Bridge. 

wood ducks, killdeer, beaver, muskrat, 
a snapping turtle, a painted turtle and 
humongous carp. 

It is a wild stretch, with downed trees 
and logjams the size of houses. Some- 
times you have to get out and do a tiny 
portage to skirt a fallen tree, but that just 
cools your feet. Besides, it's worth stop- 
ping from time to time to look and listen. 
Songbirds fill the treetops and shorebirds 
the sandy beaches. Several species of 

ducks and herons are your company, the 
wind and the paddle carving through 
water your music. 

Of course, on a sunny weekend you 
could mow your lawn, shop for new 
sneakers, buy groceries or go to the trans- 
fer station. But why would you do any of 
that with the most gorgeous of rivers in 
your back yard? Your old sneakers will 
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Seconds available; 
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Sign up for ukulele lessons, group and private, 

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292 S. Main Street, Sheffield MA 01257 



Massachusetts history comes alive at the 
Ashley House on Mumbet/ Elizabeth 
Freeman Day Tues., Aug. 21 from 5 to 
7pm. Events for this year's celebration 
of Elizabeth Freeman, also known as 
Mumbet, the slave who successfully sued 
for her freedom in 1781, include a book 
signing with authors of recent books 
about her, a living history performance 
with Tammy Denease, the reading of a 
proclamation honoring Mumbet and a 
barbecue picnic. 

Mumbet (c. 1744-1829) was enslaved 
in the Sheffield home of Colonel John 
Ashley. After hearing discussion of 
America's desire for freedom from the 
British, Mumbet walked four miles from 
the Ashley House to the Sheffield home 
of Theodore Sedgwick, a young attorney, 
and asked him to represent her in a suit 
for her freedom. Her successful suit, 
settled in court in Great Barrington on 
Aug. 21, 1781, set the stage for the aboli- 

tion of slavery in Massachusetts. 

Upon gaining her freedom, Mumbet 
took the name of Elizabeth Freeman and 
went with her daughter to work for the 
Sedgwick family, first in Sheffield, then 
in Stockbridge. She was respected as a 
skilled and caring nurse and midwife and 
lived the last 21 years of her life in her 
own home with her daughter, grandchil- 
dren and great-grandchildren. She died 
in 1829 and is buried in the Sedgwick 
family plot in Stockbridge, next to the 
novelist Catharine Sedgwick. 

Freeman was quoted as saying, "Any 
time, any time, while I was a slave, if one 
minute's freedom had been offered to me, 
and I had been told I must die at the end 
of that minute, I would have taken it, just 
to stand one minute on God's earth a free 
woman, I would." 

The Ashley House, a property of 
The Trustees of Reservations, is an 
"anchor site" for the African American 

A re-enactor at the Ashley House. 

Heritage trail, which encompasses 29 
Massachusetts and Connecticut towns in 
the Upper Housatonic Valley National 
Heritage Area. It is located at 117 Coo- 
per Hill Rd. in Ashley Falls. For more 
information about the open house and 
ceremony, visit or 
call 413-298-3239, ext. 3013. 


Summer Tours at Ashley House 

Saturdays and Sundays at I and 2pm. 
Learn about Elizabeth Freeman on a guided tour of one of 
the oldest houses still standing in the Berkshires, an anchor 
site of the African American Heritage Trail. Also told is the 
story of Colonel John Ashley, a freedom fighter in another 
sense. Members: free. Nonmembers: adult $5; child (ages 1 2 
and under) free. Special group tours available upon request. 
Call for more information. 

Up Close: Snakes and Turtles 

Sat., July 7, lOam-noon. 

With Trustees of Reservations naturalist Rene Wendell, 
search for our friends, the snakes and turtles. Learn how 
to safely handle these critters and discover their habits and 
homes. Ages 6 and up. Members: adult/child $4; family $ 1 2. 
Nonmembers: adult/child $6; family $ 1 5. Pre-register at rwen- or 229-8600. 

Sunday Canoe Trips 

July 8, 1 5, 22, 29 and Aug. 1 2, 1 9, 26, 8:30- 1 1 :30am. 
Paddle the winding Housatonic as it passes through 
agricultural fields and floodplain forests. Watch for bald 
eagles over the Cobble. With your guide, learn about the 
river's history and what is happening to restore it. Paddles, 
life preservers and boats are provided. Members: adult $24; 
child ( 1 0- 1 6) $ 1 0. Nonmembers: adult $30; child (10-16) 
$ 1 5. Please pre-register. 

Common Ferns of the Cobble 

Sat., Aug. 4, lOam-noon. 

Learn about these wondrous plants with naturalist Ed Neu- 
muth.The Cobble is famous for its ferns, one of the greatest 
concentrations of species in the country. Members: $5. Non- 
members: $8. Please pre-register 

Up Close: Live Birds of Prey with Tom Ricardi 

Sun., Aug. 5, lOam-noon. 

Join wildlife rehabilitatorTom Ricardi to meet in person the 
hawks, owls and a bald eagle that he cares for. Members: adult 
$8; child (6- 1 2) $4. Nonmembers: adult $ 1 0; child (6- 1 2) $5. 
Pre-register at or 229-8600. 

The Buzz about Native Pollinators 

Sat., Aug. 18, lOam-noon. 

Learn how bees, flies and wasps benefit our lives and how 
you can help them back. Members: adult/child $4; family $12. 
Nonmembers: adult/child $6; family $ 1 5. Pre-register at rwen- or 229-8600. 

Mumbet/Elizabeth Freeman Day 

Tues., Aug. 2 1 , 5-7pm 

The Trustees of Reservations manage Bartholomew's Cobble, a National Natural 
Landmark, on Weatogue Rd. in Ashley Falls. It's open year-round, daily, sunrise to 
sunset. The Visitor's Center is open from 9am-4pm Tuesday-Saturday during winter. 
Regular admission is free for members of The Trustees of Reservations and Sheffield 
Non-members: $5 adult, $1 child. Call 229-8600 or email 



Organizations & Businesses 


Cruise raffle. Choose any winter month 
to sail away for a nine-day Caribbean 
cruise for two on the Norwegian Gem if 
you have the winning ticket in Kiwanis' 
Second Annual Cruise Raffle. Tickets are 
now on sale for $20 each. The trip leaves 
from New York, with stops in Puerto Rico, 
St. Maarten, St. Thomas and the Domini- 
can Republic. 

The Grand Prize includes $500 cash 
spending money (and travel to Manhattan, 
if needed). Second prize is $1,000 cash. 
The drawing happens at the Kiwanis and 
Fire Dept.'s Steak Roast on Sat., Aug. 25. 

Tickets are available from Kiwanis 
members and all of our regular business 
oudets in Sheffield and Great Barrington. 
All aboard! 

Scholarships. At the Kiwanis annual 
Scholarship Picnic in the Town Park on 
June 5, awards totaling over $31,000 were 
presented to area students. Eleven gradu- 
ating seniors received financial aid — five 
from Mt. Everett High School, five from 
Monument Mountain and one from 
Berkshire School. Continued support was 
also given to 18 college students to assist in 
their on-going education. 

Sheffield-area graduates include Erin 
Blackwell, Hunter Lucey Rose Nelson, 
Samantha Swartz and Rachel Ullrich. 
Tyler Ferrusi,Jeff Lowenstein, Stephanie 
Mac Leay, Alexis Ovitt, Jake Raifstanger 
and Lillian Silk were collegiate winners. 

The students, their family members 
and Kiwanians then enjoyed hamburgers, 
hot dogs, salads and desserts at the picnic 
tables in the Dwight Ford Pavilion. Anita 

Diller heads the Scholarship committee. 

Eliminate tetanus. The sale of wrist- 
bands for the Kiwanis/UNICEF Project 
Eliminate continues at a surprisingly good 
pace. Sales and pledges thus far equal 
nearly 1,000 lives saved! The proceeds 
buy the three injections for mothers and 
newborns in underdeveloped countries 
to prevent death from maternal neo-natal 
tetanus. You can save a life for only $1.80! 

Several area churches have joined the 
cause as our project leader Cynthia Pease 
continues to seek additional support. The 
wristbands are available from Kiwanis 
members and several business venues in 
Sheffield and Great Barrington. 

On the roads. The ladder sign that 
was destroyed in an accident has been 
replaced at Hewins St. Our monthly Lit- 
ter Patrol continues to clean the by-ways 
of Route 7 between the National Grid 
parking lot and Kellogg Rd. 

Memorial Day. Kiwanis members 
assisted in honoring former member Al 
Trocchi over Memorial Day by providing 
the food and refreshment at the Trocchi 
home after the library at the high school 
was dedicated in Al's memory. Thanks 
to Al's son, Mark, and cheers to Patricia 
Hardisty and her committee for organiz- 
ing the event. 

Playgrounds, On June 9, the "Chips 
In" project completed its playground safety 
campaign by spreading the wood chips at 
Muddy Brook Elementary and Monument 
Valley Middle Schools. Ten Key Club 
members with their advisor (from Monu- 
ment Mountain High School) joined the 


Berkshire Mountain Distillers, located 
off Home Rd., was one of several 
small distilleries whose gins were 
rated by Eric Asimov and his guest- 
tasters Florice Fabricant and Julia 
Moskin in a June 13 article in the New 
YorkTimes. Greylock Gin topped the 
ratings with three stars and at $28 
a bottle was also named the "best 
value." "Light, subtle and complex, 
dominated by classic flavors of juniper, 
citrus and coriander," said the tasters. 
Berkshire Mountain also makes other 
spirits, which are available at Guido's 
and other stores. 

team of Kiwanians to wheelbarrow, shovel 
and rake the new wood chips into place. 

Golf. Our thanks to the individuals 
and businesses that sponsored our June 
15 Golf Tournament at the Egremont 
Country Club. The committee (including 
Aidan Gilligan, Rose Seward, Fred and 
Cathy Finkle, and Dave Smith, Jr.) express 
appreciation to the players and to the 
club members who worked the event and 
prepared appetizers. 

Choral Festival. Kiwanis will again 
work at the Berkshire Choral Festival 
on the Berkshire School campus. Start- 
ing Sun., July 8, our club runs a cocktail 
bar for the singers as they prepare for 
each of the four weekly concerts. For the 
Saturday audiences, Kiwanis directs the 
parking and staffs the concession stand 
for food and libation. 

Steak roast. The annual Steak Roast 
sponsored by Kiwanis and the Sheffield 
Hose Company will move its date to Sat., 
Aug. 25, this year. The cookout, silent 
auction, entertainment and cruise raffle 
drawing all happen at the Fire House 
between 4:30 and 7pm. Watch for more 
publicity and ticket sales information as 
the event draws closer. 

Trailer travels. The Kiwanis Cafe, 
our food trailer, is finishing up the Little 
League season. The mobile unit continues 
to be booked for other events, such as 
the horse shows at French Park in North 
Egremont. Any group that would like 
the trailer to serve at its event need only 
contact Debbie Wright at 229-7728 or 
email, and our 
wheels will be there staffed with those 
willing to serve! — Dick Goodwin 




out the fun (see the box at right). 

An RSVP form is available on our 
website,, or stop 
in the Old Stone Store (open Saturday 
and Sunday from 11 to 3) for more 

Summer fun* Having finished up our 
winter season with beautiful photographs 
by Fred Harwood at our annual General 
Meeting & Ice Cream Social, the His- 
torical Society is ready for summer and 

ready to party — a Summer Garden Party, information. All proceeds benefit the 
that is! Our summer fundraiser will be Historical Society and help us preserve 

held in the glorious gardens of Netherby our history and heritage here in Sheffield 
Hall, home of Vera and Rusty Mott. The Thanks to Salisbury Bank and Berkshire 
historic Federal-style house on Rt. 7 was Bank for being our gracious co-sponsors 

built by Colonel Aaron Root in 1780 
and named after the estate in Sir Walter 
Scott's poem"Lochinvar." For more than 
two centuries Netherby Hall has been the 
home of only two extended families. 

The Summer Party will be held 
Sun., July 15, from 3 to 6pm. Tickets are 
$40 per person. A flute/guitar duo will 
provide music. The offerings are "elegant" 
appetizers and red and white wine as well 
as prosecco. A silent auction will round 

of this event. 

At the Stone Store, While you are 
visiting the Old Stone Store, take a look 
at all the wonderful new items on sale as 
well as some old favorites. And spend a 
few minutes to enjoy our current exhibit, 
"Plains, Trains & Automobiles: Vacation- 
ing in Sheffield 1895-1920," featuring 
photographs by Carrie Smith Lorraine. 
Coming up, as a tribute to this election 
year, Paul Banevicius will present an exhibit 
entitled "Drawing the Line: 
Political Cartoons in America." 
Paul will expand on his well- 
received March talk by sharing 
a wide range of cartoon images, 
some humorous, some poignant 
and some downright nasty! 

A successful tournament. 
Many thanks to all participants 
in this year's (first!) Annual 
Golf Tournament, held June 8 
at the Egremont Country Club, 
and especially to our corporate 
sponsors, Custom Extrusion 
and Joe Wilkinson & Sons 
The exhibit at the Stone Store features photos of what is Excavating, and our Tee 8C 
was like to vacation in Sheffield 100 years ago. Green Sponsors, Carlson Heat- 

Garden package: $ 1 00 certificate from 
Ward's Nursery, a 90-minute consulta- 
tion with Tom Ingersoll and 12 hours 
of joyful toiling for the garden or yard 
by the Garden Goddesses. 

Diorama by Paul B: He will come 
to your home, take photos and mea- 
surements and then reproduce your 
house in miniature. 

Pamper Thyself:The Great Escape 
Package from Body and Soul Day Spa 
(includes massage, facial, body pol- 
ish treatment, manicure, pedicure, a 
luncheon provided by Body and Soul 
and a $ 1 00 gift certificate from the 
Marketplace at Guido's) 

One-of-a-kind ukulele from the 
Magic Fluke, including case, tuner, 
ukulele music and a one-hour private 

Catered dinner for four by the 
Hungry Hen. 

Vacation cottage in Harwich Port 
on Cape Cod for one week. 

ing, Carlson Propane, Catherine Miller, 
James Miller, Christ Episcopal Trinity 
Lutheran Church, DeVries Building 
Supply, Gulotta's Mobil, Kimball Fuel Oil 
8c Propane, the Marketplace Cafe, Rene 
Wood and Harry Conklin. The tourna- 
ment helped support the many activities 
and programs of the Historical Society, 
including an annual scholarship. Congrat- 
ulations to this year's scholarship winner, 
Brittany Siter! 

And thanks to all of you, our support- 
ers and members, for continued help in 
our mission to promote a wider under- 
standing of the people and events that 
preceded us in this area, and to preserve 
and transmit that heritage to current and 
future generations. — Barbara Dowling 




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In June, the Sheffield Land Trust 
helped Sheffield families save two more 
long-time Sheffield farms, through the 
Massachusetts Agricultural Preservation 
Restriction (APR) program. This state 
program purchases development rights 
on farmland, allowing families to get the 
value of their land without having to give 
up its farming use. 

Bow Wow Farm, The Land Trust is 
"pre-acquiring" the APR for 268 acres of 
this farm on Bow Wow and Lime Kiln 
Rds. The state will purchase the APR 
from the Land Trust in the coming year, 
which gives the Land Trust time to raise 
the remaining funds needed. 

Bow Wow Farm, in the middle of the 
"Sheffield-Egremont Corridor," has been 
owned by the Chase family for generations 
and for nearly 40 years has been farmed by 
the Pothui family. After Mary Chase died, 
her siblings, who owned the farm with her, 
wanted to protect the farm and are making 
a major contribution and taking back a 
promissory note to finance the project. 

Next steps will include members of 
the Pothui family being able to purchase 

the barns and houses and eventually the 
farmland. As owners rather than tenants, 
the Pothuls will have the capability to 
make improvements to the houses and 
barns that they didn't have before. 

In addition, the Land Trust is 
facilitating protection of 96.5 acres of 
the farm's woods and wetlands along 
Willard Brook by the Dept. of Fisheries 
and Wildlife. It is also buying 1 V2 acres 
under and around the farmhouse across 
from the barns. The land will eventually 
be held by the Community Land Trust in 
the Berkshires, with a 99 -year renewable 
and inheritable lease on the farmhouse 
going to a member of the Pothui family. 

The Land Trust will have until next 
year to raise the $150,000 remaining of 
the total project cost of $2-plus million. 

Stookey gift of land. To extend the 
wildlife corridor along Hubbard Brook, 
John and Catherine Stookey donated 
nearly a dozen acres along the brook to the 
Land Trust, which will convey the land to 
the state for long-term management. This 
donation, together with the Bow Wow 
Farm project and a neighboring conserva- 

tion restriction, enabled the Land Trust to 
qualify for a $485,000 grant. 

River Lea Farm, As was described in 
the last issue, this farm covers nearly 300 
acres between Boardman St. and the Hou- 
satonic River north of Covered Bridge Lane. 
It's part of the Land Trusts "Housatonic 
River Corridor" initiative. Rosa and Marin 
Brunnscheiler operated it as a dairy until 
the mid 1980s thereafter having horses and 
leased the fields to other farmers. 

River Lea Farm has now been perma- 
nently protected. At the end of June, the 
Land Trust facilitated the sale of an APR 
for the Brunnschweilers and the purchase 
of the protected farm by the Aragis of Pine 
Island Farm - adding essential cropland 
to feed Pine Island's dairy herd (it is the 
largest dairy farm in Massachusetts). The 
farmhouse, which the Aragis also bought, 
will be used for farmworker housing. The 
Land Trust must raise $150,000 toward 
the $1 million total project cost. 

To donate or for information, contact 
the Land Trust at P.O. Box 940, Sheffield, 
MA 01257, 229-0234,, 


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Calendar Page 



5 Book club (p. I I) 
10 Recycling (p. 18) 

15 Historical Society Garden Party (p. 25) 

21 Recycling (p. 18) 

21 Church Fair (p. 4) 


2 Book club (p. II) 

4 Church Fair (p. 12) 
1 Antiques show (also Aug. II & 1 2, p. 7) 
10 Cornfest (p. 9) 
/ 5 Deadline for the SEPTEMBER! 

OCTOBER Sheffield Times 
21 Mumbet/Elizabeth Freeman Day (p. 23) 



6 Bookclub (p. II) 

8 Sheffield Fair (p. 7) 

See also the listings for Music & More (p. 5), 

Senior Center (p. 13), Bartholomew's Cobble 

(p. 23), Kiwanis (p. 24) 

Buy local, read local! 
Please contribute! 


The Sheffield Association is pleased to announce that it's sponsoring 
a new Sheffield Community Calendar for public events in the towns 
of Sheffield and Ashley Falls, to begin on July I. To view the online 
calendar, go to 

To submit information to be posted on the calendar, send an 
email to 

Please include the following information: Name of event; date; 
address of location; contact email, phone, or website; admission 
costs, if any; sponsoring organization; brief description of event. 
Information may be edited for space and appropriateness. 


Meetings or events that occur less than weekly are 

noted with a week number- i.e. "1 st , 3 rd " indicates 

meetings are on the first and third times that day occurs in the month. * indicates appointment needed. 

Meals on Wheels, Mon-Fri, except holidays 

Planning Board, Town Hall, 7pm, 2 nd , 4 lh 


(4 th only for summer) 

Building Inspector, Town Hall, 7am-1pm 


Board of Selectmen, Town Hall, 7pm, 1 s ', 3 rd 

Building Inspector, Thurs. 11am-6pm 

Conservation Commission, Town Hall, 7pm, 

Senior Center physical fitness, 9am 

ynd 4th 

Third Thursday Luncheon, Senior Center, noon 

Board of Health, Town Hall, 7pm, 2 nd 

* Hearing Testing available, Senior 

Food Assistance Program, Old Parish Church, 

Center, 3 rd 


Breaking Bread Kitchen, Amehican Legion 

* Foot care clinic, Senior Center, 1 s ' 

Hall, 5pm 



Building Inspector, 7am-1pm 

Building Inspector, 11am-4pm 

Ashley Falls Historic District Commission, 

Council on Aging, 9:30am, as needed 

Town Hall, 6:30pm, 2 nd 

Farmers' Market, Old Parish Church Parking 

Senior Center physical fitness, 9am 

lot, 2:30-6:30pm 

Children's Story Hour, Library, 10am 

Commission on Disabilities, Library, 3:30pm 3 rd 

Senior Center "Lawn Chair Movie," 11:30am 


Kiwanis Club, The Bridge Restaurant, 

Dewey Hall Folk Music Series, 8pm, 1 st 


Senior Center Knitting Group, 11am, 3 rd 



Senior Center Knitting Group, 3pm, 1 s ' 

Men's Group, Old Parish, 7:45am, 2 nd 


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